tomoko kamata, nhk world, tokyo. the eurozone is still struggling. as the region continues to slow down. the economy has shrunk for a third straight quarter. the european union's data office has announced gross domestic product for october to december 2012 contracted 0.6% from the previous quarter. that follows a negative growth of 0.1% for the july to september period. by country, portugal saw a 1.8% negative growth, spain minus 0.7% and italy minus 0.9%. the eurozone's leading economies also shrank. germany contracted by 0.6% and france by 0.3%. greece's economy shrank 6.0% compared to a year earlier. for the whole of 2012, the eurozone economy contracted by 0.5% as a whole. in 2011, the single currency area grew by 1.4%.